Why money Serkis?
Actually, it's no question why 20th Century Fox has closed a (reportedly) seven-figure deal with Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis to return for a sequel: everyone loved him in the first one. Rise was a surprisingly fascinating and fun movie to many of us, and this is due in large to Serkis' motion capture performance as Caesar, the ape who instigates that planetary rise you might have noticed towards the end.
There's no certainty that we'd be seeing a return of characters like James Franco's Will Rodman or Freida Pinto's Caroline Aranha. But the news of Serkis' return is an exciting one. The end of Rise was left intentionally open-ended in the interests of developing additional movies in the series. Sure, that may be considered a cheap trick at roping in audiences for countless movies...but call me a sap, then, because I'm totally on board for every adventure on an ape-run Earth that Hollywood is willing to give me.
In other Serkis-related news, the idea of a campaign for an Academy Award nomination for Serkis is being tossed around, which would make him the first capture performance actor to receive this accolade. After years of being a less-than-duly-appreciated part of major films, the fantastic actor is finally finding his place in Hollywood.
Serkis... is... home.